I wonder if it means 'I will play for you guys in 20 games should you have goaltending issues?' Also, if he doesnt play this year, at this age, how will he be next year? Let's hope Rask has a big year so we can really move on.
Wonder if the contract tolls over to next season? Will the Bs have him on the books capwise for this season and next season if he owes them a year on the contract? How will this effect the Bruins going forward?
This certainly will hang over the team all year especially if Rask struggles and everyone keeps asking the FO about Thomas. Has potential to be another distraction all season.
Not sure what Tim Thomas is trying to accomplish here. He is stating he will play next year but is not willing to play this year when he owes the club a season. Very strange situation. The Bruins should deal with this somehow and not allow this to become another Tim Thomas distraction.
The Bruins have a 5 million caphit for this guy and he states he will play next year but not this year?? Enough is enough with this guy holding the Bruins organization hostage.
I don't get it. Just a guess, but maybe he really has no intention of playing for the Bruins ever again but wants teams to know he IS up for playing next year and would like another chance. A team that needs a goalie might be wise to grab him if they can, IMO.
Or maybe he needs more family time and knows next year will be a bit easier in that regard.
Don't know how many teams will line up for an aging goaltender who will not have played at any level for 1+ year.
Even so, shouldn't be hard to move said 'aging goaltender' when he only has a year left on a contract.
If he still had 5+ years then yeah.. could be hard. A year though? Plus first shot at re-signing him if he's just as good as before (You can't count Timmy out.. Why start now?)
If Chia wants to move him, he'll be able to. I'd also like it if he stayed as a back up to Tuukka. Either works for me. But his days as a starter in Boston are all but over now so unless he's cool with a limited role, I don't see him in the Black and Gold next season.
EDIT - Oh right, Boston wouldn't retain his rights obviously. Nevermind.